Briana T. New

Graduate Student
Briana New


Current status: Ph.D. in progress

M.A. Thesis Title: Using matched craniometric and genetic data to assess the population structure of Texas-Mexico border migrants

Briana T. New is a biological anthropology Ph.D. student with emphases in molecular and forensic anthropology. She received her M.A. in anthropology at Texas State University and her B.A. in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. New has experience working in bioarchaeology, forensic identification, collections management and teaching. Prior to arriving at the University of Nevada, Reno, she worked as a forensic anthropologist at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency under SNA International where she assisted the identification efforts of U.S. service members lost in historic conflicts. There she worked with the Tarawa Project and Korean War Identification Project focusing on the assessment commingling, the biological profile, pathology, trauma and the interpretation of historical documentation.

Current research conducted by New emphasizes the interdisciplinary application of anthropological and genetic methodologies to human rights and victim identification through assessments of skeletal and genetic human variation, as well as human growth and development.

Academic interests

  • Human variation
  • Population history and structure
  • Molecular anthropology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Anthropological computational methods


  • M.A., anthropology, Texas State University, 2018
  • B.A., anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2014